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Two Peas and Their Pod: White Bean Salad with Zucchini, Green Beans, and Tomatoes

Monday, August 24, 2009

White Bean Salad with Zucchini, Green Beans, and Tomatoes



We didn't plant a big garden this year, but our friend has been sharing his garden goods with us. He brought over zucchini and green beans the other day. I made zucchini bread and created a new salad.

I love salads anytime of the year, but especially in the summer when it is hot and the produce is at it's peak. For this salad, I sauted zucchini and green beans in a tiny bit of olive oil. I didn't cook them for long because I wanted them to be crisp. I added white beans-a great source of protein, and tomatoes. I gave the veggies a nice splash of fresh lemon juice. To top things off, I threw in some fresh basil and Parmesan cheese too!


This is one of my new favorite salads. It is super simple, tasty, and good for you!


White Bean Salad with Zucchini, Green Beans, and Tomatoes
1 can cannellini beans (white beans), drained and rinsed
Olive oil

1 zucchini, chopped

1 cup fresh green beans, remove the ends

2-3 tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

Juice of one lemon

Parmesan cheese-just guess on the amount

Coarse salt and ground pepper


In a small sauce pan, heat up the olive oil and sauté the zucchini and green beans. Don’t overcook them. You want the vegetables to be crisp.

In a medium bowl, place cannellini beans, zucchini, green beans, tomatoes, basil, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese; season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.

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53 Comments:

Blogger Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

Yummy! That looks great. It's fun to find different salads that aren't all lettuce based. Great as sides or for a light lunch.

6:21 AM  
Blogger louseey said...

This salad looks delicious. So colorful and healthy looking, I can't wait to give it a try.

6:22 AM  
Blogger Bethie said...

How beautiful. What colors.

6:28 AM  
Blogger Nancy/n.o.e said...

Fresh-from-the-garden produce is the BEST part of summer; your salad looks delicious!

6:36 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Some of the most simpliest of veggies paired with basic dressings make the best meals I find. One of the main reasons I love spring/summer.

6:44 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

LOOKS DELICIOUS! this is my kind of salad too!

7:25 AM  
Blogger Tracy @ Sugarcrafter said...

Mmm, love the colors! And someone just gave me a zucchini, so now I know what to do with it. :-)

7:26 AM  
Blogger Kalyn said...

This is my kind of salad, looks delicious!

7:34 AM  
Blogger Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Beautiful salad! I'm always a fan of lettuce-less salads.. and this one looks delicious!

7:59 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Simple, fresh and fabulous! I have most of these ingredients on hand- I may try this in the next few days ;)

8:07 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Great salad. I just love all the fresh produce in the summer.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Deborah said...

Love all the colors!!

8:30 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Lovely and summery. I just wish we were getting the summery weather with it!!

8:58 AM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

perfect for summer, for sure! Great, simple salad.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

What a great, light summer salad! Makes me want to plant my own garden!

10:11 AM  
Blogger Chef Jeena said...

This is wonderful -really healthy and tasty, so colourful.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Yum! looks wonderful and a great way to use fresh veggies!

10:31 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

One great big bowl of garden! It looks fantastic!

10:34 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very appetizing and delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

10:34 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

it looks so refreshing and simple too. Gotta love the simple during the summer.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Katherine Aucoin said...

Very colorful salad...so fresh! it looks delish!

11:40 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

That looks so yummy! I have all the ingredients but the green beans, so hopefully I can find some at the farmer's market.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

That looks tasty and vibrant!

12:18 PM  
Blogger Natashya said...

That does look tasty, and healthy too. My daughter would love it.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

So nice to see others sharing their garden bounty! Im thankful for all that people give us too! This salad looks SOOO good! Vibrant and fresh!

1:22 PM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

It looks so beautiful and so refreshing. I could dig this with a glass of white wine :)

1:52 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Yum! I have all those things from the farmer's market. Well, okay, not the beans or cheese.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

This looks really great and it's a perfect time of year for this kind of dish and recipe. Can't wait to try it.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Tracey said...

Yum, your salad looks perfect for summer! I love how colorful and healthy it is - great job :)

2:48 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

What a beautiful and tasty salad. I love having neighbors that share the bounty from their garden.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

What a beautiful, colorful salad!

4:02 PM  
Blogger Anh said...

Love the colors and the freshness of this salad.

5:56 PM  
Blogger THE ACTORS DIET said...

yum! i have never thought to pair parm with string beans...

6:49 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Looks fabulous! We are experiencing vegetable overload too. My mother in law just came to visit and she brought a dozen and a half of sweet corn, a bunch of fresh green peppers, 3 zucchinis, 2 melons and a ton of tomatoes! To top it off, I visited my friend the farmer today to pay him for my beef and he hand picked 2.5 dozen sweet corn to give to me! I'll be blanching like crazy tomorrow :)

7:05 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Your salad is so colorful and pretty! I bet it tastes as good as it looks! Yes the tomatoes in the garden are all getting ripe,I'm experiencing tomato overload!!

7:41 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

his looks so good! Simple, fresh, healthy, and filling. Yum!!

8:03 PM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

YUM. I love this salad.

11:32 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

what a great friend :) this salad looks fantastcic!

3:44 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

what a wonderfully healthy dish! excellent garden goodie usage, maria.

5:35 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I planted a big garden and now I am trying to unload lot of garden stuff. Although it is all starting to die out :-( Makes me a sad panda.

Hopefully more green beans will be popping up here soon as the fall crops start coming available. Miss them so much.

Nicely done!

6:46 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I can see why this is a favorite salad! I love all the ingredients - white beans included - and the flavoring sounds so summery good!

6:51 AM  
Blogger mikky said...

beautiful... :D

6:53 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

mmmm, summer on a plate, i love all the bright colors. looks fantastic!

7:06 AM  
Blogger Nicci@NiftyEats said...

wow, look at all those colors. looks great!

8:21 AM  
Blogger Bridgett said...

What a beautiful salad! I have all of these so I am definitely making this with dinner tonight.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Elle said...

Wow, so simple--yet it looks so good! I love this idea!

9:37 AM  
Blogger Cakelaw said...

Yum - what a delicious summer salad! And how lucky you are to have a friend with such a lovely garden who sahres his produce.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Stacey Snacks said...

Maria,
This is my kind of summer salad!

5:51 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

I bean salads, I eat them all the time and have made something like this many time. Although I usually steam the veggies... I will have to try sauteing them. I'm sure it gives them much better flavor!

7:56 PM  
Blogger Spryte said...

WOW!! This looks AWESOME!!!

8:21 AM  
Blogger Tasty Eats At Home said...

Wow, it's funny how we're conversing in our yahoo group and I didn't realize that this was your blog. It's gorgeous, by the way! This salad looks yummy. Wish I was eating that for lunch today!

10:31 AM  
Blogger emily said...

This looks sooo good! I can't wait to try it!

6:08 PM  
Blogger april~living the sweet life said...

what a great end of summer harvest recipe. We are going to have to try it this weekend.

10:57 AM  

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